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we'll talk more with annie werschi wersching. >> alisyn: thanks for joining >> alisyn: thanks for joining us. captioning by, closed captioning services, inc. >> eric: we start this morning with a glimmer of hope. in haiti. a woman trapped in the rubble of a port-au-prince hotel who was thought to be dead, has been pulled out alive. and unhurt this morning. there were also more rescues going on, right at the moment. from a collapsed supermarket, another woman pulled out from there and for so many others, in haiti, the desperate race is on, to distribute food, water, and medical supplies, throughout the devastated disaster zone. and, a heartbreaking and crushing challenge, this morning to try and save the survivors before even more people die. good morning and welcome to america's news headquarters, i'm eric sean. >> jamie: i'm jamie coal bulby
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tons of supplies are arriving and that is the good news but relief groups are struggling to get to it those who need it most. adam housely is streaming live from the airport, in port-au-prince, where so much of the aid is coming in. adam, are more of the streets clear now, are they able -- >> reporter: (inaudible) right behind me, jamie, the c-130 we flew in on and is preparing to leave now from here in haiti, with american... (inaudible) right now, give you a look at the c-130, flown by the air force, 35th out of puerto rico and the puerto rico air national guard, and bringing in supplies in the morning and now have about 35 or 40 americans including some who are injured, backing up now to take off and fly to miami and drop off the evacuees. as you can see the operations continue here, 24/7. bringing in all sorts of supplies, and at the same time taking people out, to miami or
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other points where they can be evacuated into the u.s. and also, we're seeing more people coming more frequently to get their citizens out and the c-130 again pulling away and we had a chance to go out yesterday, and evaluate some of the areas where some people are coming from, to the airport. and we were not only here over port-au-prince, but also went south an hour-and-a-half, air flight in the black hawk helicopters, towards the epicenter and have passed over relatively large cities that were in worse shape if you can believe it than port-au-prince, many roads have massive ruts in them and people are separated yet people are driving over them and flying over fields, soccer fields, places where they had crops you can see you thousands of people living in makeshift tents at this hour. as they have no place to go. some people trying to live in their homes, partially collapsed and people waving to us from the air at the same time showing us,
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sos with their clothes. and jamie, the other issue at this hour, is to deal with the actual aid, that is arriving. once it arrives it is not being put out yet. the americans are doing what they can with helicopters from the navy, also the puerto rican national guard, they are also delivering water. behind me there is a massive amount now, a huge literally column of food, stretches probably a quarter acre. not being distributed. and the u.n. cars and the spanish foreign minister here and used five instruction for security and none of the trucks took supplies out and there is criticism about what is being done on the ground, to get the supplies out, as we said, as we pulled an hour-and-a-half south of here the infrastructure was difficult and there were thousands of people who at some point will need the water and food and it is coming in by the tons and not necessarily leaving here by the tons, out to the general population. >> jamie: we'll talk about it
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and check back you, adam, thanks. eric. >> eric: some of the first americans to escape the devastation in haiti are returning home, and there was a very meetingsal reunion at san francisco international airport. where walter riley and barbara ryan arrived from port-au-prince, they arrived in port-au-prince days before the quake. and doing volunteer work there, and joined the relief effort, after the earthquake, helping to pull victims from the collapsed building. they left haiti on a cargo plane headed to new jersey and described their frustration with the lack of aid. >> the hospital -- closed the hospital for exposed security reasons and left patients there to die and i'm just not impressed with the u.n. >> i heard screaming. thousands of people, it could have been 10,000 people, who were -- and it happened because thousands of people were caught and covered.
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>> eric: the couple said they wanted to stay longer but fresh water was running out and barbara had hurt her hand and without antibiotics the wound could have gotten worse and they have been identified and made aware of a thousand americans, a thousand, out of the estimated 45,000 or so, who live in haiti. jamie? >> there are still americans that are missing among the devastation including a woman who works for the centers for disease control, in atlanta. she's 31 years old, diane kays and had been on assignment when the earthquake hit and her husband said he spoke to her tuesday a half-hour before the earthquake and she has not been heard from since. and had been staying at the hotel montana in port-au-prince, search and rescue teams are there looking for dozens of people believed to be trapped. >> i'm rail focused on diane, at this point, that is my job. at the same time people are very hopeful, there's a lot of good
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signs, a lot of activity, at hotel montana. >> jamie: search and rescue tools frowned several people alive under the rubble of the hotel. the co-owner of the hotel montana was found alive yesterday and the search is continuing this morning. >> eric: from around the world the aid is flowing into haiti, right now. but, one of the victims of the earthquake was of course the country's own government and its ability to react and making matters worse, the u.n. suffered the worst loss in its history, almost 400 u.n. officials and workers believed missing or killed by the earthquake. the secretary-general of the u.n., ban ki-moon now on his way to haiti. can the u.n. take charge? and what will it take to do the job? former u.s. ambassador to the united nations and fox news contributor john bolton is here now as he is every sunday at this time. good morning, ambassador. >> good morning. >> eric: it is a heartbreaking tragedy for the people of haiti
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and u.n. itself. can the 9,000 or so peace keepers prevent the country from anarchy and get the food to the survivors they need desperately now. >> on the first question, preserving civil order, this is very very, important as you say the government of haiti itself is on its back. the peacekeepers know the port-au-prince area and the country as u.s. forces come in, close cooperation between the u.n. peacekeepers and the u.s. troops will be very important to help demonstrate the international community does have a presence, reassure the people. the second issue, distribution of the relief, i think will be very difficult ford u.n. to carry on here with the loss of top leadership, and many others killed, and i think it will require a much larger u.s. role even than we have at present. i think is something we should do and something inevitably we'll see a larger role here for us. >> eric: you talk about a larger role, the u.n. has a $560
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million callout. let's look at figures though, from jeffrey sacks, a former aide to kofi annan, professor of economics and he says it could be 1.4 billion a year, 3 billion in the next year total, $10 billion for haiti over the next few years. where does the money come from and how do you know it is done properly? i think he has confused there the immediate need for disaster relief assistance which will be considerable and will extend for some time. and the larger question given the nature of the tragedy, how do we help haiti go forward in a way that different leave it in the same desperate straits it has been in for so many years and again will call for a larger american role to try and set in place economic policies and institutions that will allow real economic growth to lift the country ultimately out of the poverty it has been in for so long and will not be
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accomplished by external assistance and will require changes in the way the country has approached the economy. >> eric: why haven't we done that, billions of dollars have gone to haiti from our country and the international community for years. and still is mired in poverty and difficulties for so long. >> speaking as an alumnus of the u.s. agency for international development i can tell you, one of the major reasons, so much aid has been put in without policy conditionality, insisting on definitions and respect for private property, especially land tenure. without more market oriented policies. that probably is the main reason the country has not been able to escape poverty. >> eric: land tenure, what's that? >> making sure people know who owns the land, if you don't know who owns the land you don't put improvements on it, can't mortgage it to get financing, can't have the kind of micro credit that has been so successful, elsewhere. these are some of the most basic
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issues, it has been known about for a long time and neither the united states nor the u.n. nor anyone else has tried to make aid conditional on adopting the policies and i don't think we have any alternative going forward for the benefit of the people of haiti themselves. >> eric: with ban ki-moon on his way, he says we shouldn't waste one dollar of aid, clearly that is on his mind and there is a major task ahead of us for the union and the world. we're just at the beginning. ambassador john bolton, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> jamie: let's move on to health care. congressional democrats are working hard to nail done a final health care reform bill securing the support of organized labor this past week, how did they do it? gave a five year tax exemption on expensive health plans. analysts say this move blows a $60 billion hole in the plan.
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they'll have to make up this money someplace else. how is congress going to do that and will the money come from your pocket? joining me now, republican senator from louisiana, david vitter. thank you so much for being with you, senator. good morning. >> good morning, jamie, thanks for having me. >> jamie: $60 billion is a lot of money and i guess those behind it including the congressional budget office that scores these bills plans -- planned to get it from this tax that now the unions get an exemption for. how can you justify they get different treatment than everybody else that will have the nice health care plans and how will we make up the money? >> nobody can justify that, and jamie, $60 billion is a lot of money. but what is even more raw about the deal is the nature of it. this is a special, another special deal for a politically favored group of people. and quite frankly this is a much bigger deal and rawer deal for the rest of us, than even the
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nebraska deal and that is what the american people are so sick and tired of, all of this corrupt deal-making to pass the bill. >> jamie: rather than, you know, we report, they can decide, rather hand telling them how to feel, let's tell them how they'll make it up. will medicare recipients suffer in some way as a result of this? >> i don't know exactly what else they'll change in the bill to come up with the revenue because owl all is done behind closed doors and not a single republican is included and more importantly the american people are not included and clearly the rest of us like with the nebraska deal, clearly the rest of us will pay for it and clearly middle class nonunion members will pay for it in part through this cadillac plan tax which by the way taxes a bunch of people who make less than $200,000 a year again breaking the president's pledge.
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>> jamie: senator i heard a lot of republicans say this is happening behind closed doors and we have covered what has been in front and open for everybody to see and what hasn't. the question is will it change, especially when you have an election like you have going on in massachusetts, where maybe the republican vote may need to come into play in order to get it passed, you need the 60 votes for the senate bill. so the question is do you see the g.o.p. becoming more involved in the process and -- or is it an opportunity for republicans to let constituents know that this bill is representative of just what the democrats want? >> ultimately whether republicans become more involved is up to the voters. because it's obvious from the first year of the administration we're only going to be more involved if the numbers change and so, therefore, we need to be
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more involved to get 60 votes in the senate and is ultimately up to the voters. if the democrats don't need our votes, they'll keep doing what president obama, democrats have been doing all this year, which is completely shutting out republicans. i think the american people are beginning to see how counterproductive that is. including folks who aren't hard core republicans or conservatives like a lot of voters in massachusetts. >> jamie: senator before i let you know i wanted to ask you this, because it would impact both democrats and republicans, care across the country the long term economic impact of the health care reform measure, if the democrats can pass it on their own we'll get it. if they need the republican vote, it is -- some things might change but either way it's awfully expensive especially at a time we need to give aid to haiti and fight several wars that nigmight expand to other countries at least where intel is concerned and what will be
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the impact on us especially where we need jobs? a plus or minus. >> clearly a big minus, in terms of job creation. and we are still in the middle of a serious recession, and i believe ultimately it will be a huge set back in terms of deficit and debt as well and that is the other big issue we'll be debating, literally, this month. president obama and the democrats will vote to increase the debt ceiling because $12 trillion isn't enough. i believe the health care plan over time is going to make that much, much worse. because while they say it is deficit neutral it depends on things like huge cuts to medicare which i don't believe will ever happen. >> jamie: $12 trillion is not enough. a startling statistic. good advice for everybody, no matter what side of the aisle, pay attention to you it affects you, parts of it affect you no matter whether are democrat or
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republican. thanks for being with you, senator. >> thank you, jamie. >> jamie: nice to have you here. >> eric: it happened again, a guy walks through the wrong door at a major airport. causing chaos and -- at j.f.k. a terminal evacuated. flights delayed, triggered by a man returning from haiti. how good is our airport security? really? ♪ oh
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>> eric: flights to j.f.k. getting back to normal after a security breach that caused chaos yesterday. authorities arrested a haitian man in charge -- and charged him with criminal trespass, looking at him, he lives in brooklyn and authorities say that he opened a restricted door at the busy terminal and set off an alarm and hundreds of people had to leave the airport.
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and dozens of flights were delayed. and, the police swept through the terminal and planes on the tarmac were turned back, passengers told to get off, and had to be rescreened. he had been in haiti and was running home to new york, no word on why he allegedly opened the restricted door but it's the second major incident after the guy went down the restricted hallway in newark's airport to kiss his girlfriend and he was charged with misdemeanor trespass. >> jamie: have you heard the first food and water is reaching many of the victims of the overwhelming disaster and there are mounting security concerns for the relief workers themselves. what needs to be done to keep those who are helping so many people across such a big area, safe. while speeding up the flow of aid. david paulison was the head of fema in the aftermath of katrina and we remember your efforts well, thank you for being with us. >> thank you, good to be here. >> jamie: security is an issue and we often think about it,
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only at night fall. for the people who were there, living in the streets, have no place to go. but this relief workers also, faced a risk and i watched geraldo, he had 12-packs of water literally grabbed out of his hand and i remember the situation when i was in the tsunami aftermath, where children would grab food or candy out of our hands and eat with the wrapper, they were so hungry and desperate. how do you protect the people and the relief workers and still get the aid where it needs to go? >> will take a very strong law enforcement element on the ground. the american military i think is one -- the one that has to do that. we see troops coming in now, i think geraldo laid it out clearly, earlier. when he identified the fact we have medical supplies, on one side. medical works on another and nobody is really coordinating that piece of it. that part has to happen and the coordination of the, getting the
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supplies out of the airport, where they are piled up, and it will take a significant amount of law enforcement and will have to follow the u.s. military. right now, they are the only ones with a capability of doing that. >> jamie: i wondered why they were not dropping supplies in from the air. because we know so many streets are blocked and it was a problem i remember being down in katrina. it was a bit of a problem but here it almost seems worse, doesn't it to be able to maneuver the streets and the military while they'll be needed for security may also be needed for other things, to use heavy equipment, to try to remove the concrete in these final days when maybe we can pull survivors. >> during katrina we had the availability of heavy equipment and got the streets cleared and moved supplies in. the heavy equipment in haiti is not available. remember the port is damaged to the point where ships cannot dock and you can't unload the heavy equipment and moving it
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with c-130s or larger aircraft is a slow and tedious task and will take a while to get the stuff on the ground. we did see air drops -- >> jamie: that is the only option. >> that's correct. >> jamie: what did we learn from katrina, if you were advising the people on the ground, and i'm sure your phone has been ringing, what would you tell them to try to operate most efficiently and save the most people they can? >> what i'd say has to happen is a unified command system and we didn't have it in katrina and in hate it is something similar and somebody has to be in charge and there has to be a medical component and rescue component and there has to be the relief components of getting supplies, food and water to people out there. those have to work in conjunction with each other and in a unified system and that has not been set up and has to happen quickly. >> jamie: long term, one of the things when we've revisited the
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areas devastated by katrina, many people got the relief they needed, many lived in fema trailers for a long period of time. how are the people there doing and long term, looking at this situation, and the similarities and differences, how do you think the people of haiti will do? >> i think the people in new orleans that went through this are shaking their heads and going we're seeing the same things again. this is going to be the most difficult piece for the haitian government. how will you house, provide shelter for the perhaps hundreds of thousands of people left homeless there? that will be difficult. the infrastructure is not there. the government is in shambles, rightfully so because of what happened, will take a very large international presence and i suspect it will fall on the u.s. because of the relationship, to help them get back on their feet and provide shelter for these people that are homeless. >> jamie: and expertise -- your expertise is helpful, david
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paulison, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you, jamie. >> eric: the unspeakable destruction in haiti and desperate wait for food, the worry, could all devolve into lawlessness and many fear the possibility of disease in the days to come, measles, malaria, cholera, dr. isadore rosenfeld, answers your questions about haiti, coming up, right here on the fox news channel.
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>> jamie: welcome back, bottom of the hour and time for a quick check of the headlines. badly needed and now trickling into haiti's capital city. the haitian government and the u.s. military are setting up 14 delivery sites, across port-au-prince. good news. delivering high energy biscuits and water, rescue teams, too, are continuing to pull survivors from the twisted wreckage, after tuesday's devastating
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earthquake, we'll have live reports. and president obama is hitting the campaign trail, today. something for massachusetts senate hopeful state attorney general martha coakley. this as the polls are showing republican challenger scott brown with a slight edge heading into tuesday's special elections. >> eric: time for "sunday house call," with us as always, "sunday house call" host, dr. isadore rosenfeld who is the distinguished rossi professor of clinical medicine at the wild cornell medical center and doctor, who doesn't appear here and actually practice but who has been deployed to disaster zones like the tsunami, by the navy, doctor, good morning. >> good morning, such terrible news. i mean, it's impossible for you to grasp the disaster that is going on there. first thing i want to tell people, there are many of my
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colleagues, doctor, nurses, who are very anxious to go and volunteer to help. don't do it. don't go there, unless you are part of an organized group, you arrive there, nobody knows what you know or what you can do. you don't know whom to contact. if you want to go, contact the american medical association, contact your local medical association. go as part of a group that is organized, with the definite thing to do there. otherwise you will be wandering around. one of the important pieces of news i heard was the fact that the u.s. naval ship comfort is on its way. now, the hospital, so-called hospitals in haiti now are nothing but a couple of beds outside with doctors doing what they can to fix people with
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broken arms and so on, the comfort is a floating hospital. i know because i was on the naval ship mercy during the tsunami. and these ships, the comfort based on the east coast and the mercy on the west coast, have 12 operating rooms, 200 beds. they are just like your local hospital. fully equipped. they also have naval staff and tremendous number of volunteers. from project hope. a marvelous organization. hundreds of doctors and nurses, volunteered to go on the comfort to help the sick. now, when the comfort arrives, as it will in a day or two it will be a real hospital, in
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haiti. and, it will be able to take care of really serious injuries which are now not able to do the makeshift medical care provision that is given on the street, practically, you know, for acute injuries and so on. anyway, the other thing i wanted to say, was that the really serious trouble, believe it or not, is in my opinion yet to come. because what you are dealing with now is trapped people, they'll find some, they will not find many. people who have injuries will be treated eventually, but in the weeks and months to come, what i fear is an outbreak of various kinds of infectious disease. there is no sanitation there, the food is inadequate. contaminated. a terrible situation.
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and the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of diseases. and what worries me, is that when this acute traumatic business is over, the buildings falling, people being injured and trapped, the ones who are then left are vulnerable to terrible life-threatening infections and i think we should begin now to protect the survivors against these inevitable infections. >> eric: you talked about the diseases. what are we talking about, malaria, measles, dengue fever? >> dengue fever, viruses, illness, intestinal infections, all kinds -- urinary infections. pneumonias, i mean, every conceivable kind of infection. >> jamie: dehydration, i would imagine, huge, serious.
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>> we ought to begin to plan now and the main object now is to fix the trauma, find the people who are trapped, to help the injured. put on the casts, broken limbs, but prepare after you have treated those, prepare to treat the sick, infirmed -- for infection and, more important, try to prevent the infections, wherever we can. >> jamie: we sure hope so. all right, we'll check back out on that, too. tylenol issuing the first recall for the year, there are concerns about the pills having a bad odor. but, doc is there more to it than that? >> well, i don't know that there is more to it than that. i bad odor is bad enough. if you open up a bottle of tylenol and it stinks, you wonder what it may mean. and this musty odor which is present in some of their products, can cause nausea, and
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vomiting, and diarrhea, i don't think there are any cases of a fatal consequence. but as a result, the johnson & johnson which makes these products has recalled a tremendous number, i'll give you some of them, listed them there. tylenol, 8-hour, tylenol arthritis and tylenol p.m., simply sleep, the children's motrin, other motrins. benedryl, roll aids, st. joseph's aspirin, widely used in geltabs, and caplets, if you have these products, there are two ways to go about it, see fit stinks, if it doesn't stink it is probably okay but if there is any question don't use it and the points i want to make is that the cause of the odor is something to do with what they call the wooden pallets they shipped the products on, and the
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chemical which causes the odor and to the best of my knowledge it's not dangerous and cannot cause an infection and can cause gastrointestinal problems. >> jamie: thank you, doc. >> eric: we use them every day, salt and pepper shakers, how often do you empty them out and clean them, put them down until you hear what the doctor has to say. s it time to get out of those tubs? man: when we want. man: when we're in the mood. woman: it's our choice. announcer: today, guys with erectile dysfunction can be ready with another dosing option from cialis. cialis for daily use is a clinically proven low-dose tablet you take every day, so you can be ready anytime the moment is right. so relax and take your time. man: tell your doctor about your medical condition and all medications and ask if you're healthy enough for sexual activity. don't take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. don't drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects
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>> jamie: there are growing signs the pace of delivering relief aid toeth haiti is picking up days after the earthquake the haitian government set up 14 distribution centers for food and other supplies and our u.s. military, the army using helicopters to locate other sites where they can hand out food and water and critical supplies. hunger has driven many of those who are overwhelmed to places where food is being given out and even as aid pours in from
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around the world, there is only a small part of it reaching people that are desperate for food, water and shelter. hopefully, that improves. >> eric: back with sunday house call and dr. isadore rosenfeld and time for myth or fact, has to do with the salt and pepper shakers you use and fill them up? do you ever clean them? doctor? >> you know, upper respiratory infections are spread, somebody coughs or sneezes and you breathe it in, but really a much more important source is when you pick up the virus on something that you touch, a door knob, whatever, if somebody has visited you with an upper respiratory infection and you had dinner together and have gone together to your library and used your computer, and so on and watched television, there
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are certain things you should clean, clean your computer, the... and you should clean your remote, but in a recent study i was surprised to find that every, single house in which these people with infections visited, had infected salt and pepper shakers. and they pick up the salt and pepper shaker and apparently leave the viruses and i thought it was an amusing and important piece of information, so when they leave and you are cleaning up your keyboard and remote don't forget your salt and perp shaker. >> jamie: an alternative to a hostess gift! when you come for dinner! fascinating. >> i want to say one more thing about the haiti disaster. people will give money as much
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as they can. be careful where you give it. there are a lot of scams. i tell you where -- give money to institutions that you have experience with. i personal support "doctors without borders," project hope, the american red cross, know where you are giving the money so it can be effectively used. >> jamie: and rest assured foxnews.com has been for several days putting legitimate charities on-line, go to our main page and there's a link that says haiti help. how you can help and go there and it has all the information. you want to give cash, even the president said that, because that is what gets to the people quickest. and i would ask you, doc about another medical question, we get e-mails on this all the time. cell phones, now there is a study revealing that the use of cell phones may actually -- i love this -- improve people's
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memo memory. doc, if you can remember, tell us about it. >> you know, i hate to give bad news and a few weeks ga, i talked about the reports, research, out of scandanavia, that showed prolonged use of cell phones over a long period of time increased the risk of brain cancer. what will you do with that information? people will not stop using cell phones. so we talked about ways to reduce your exposure to the electromagnetic forces that come out of the phones and it was my hope that some researcher would devise a telephone that didn't produce these electromagnetic forces. but now comes a fascinating study. which they did on mice. they induced alzheimer's in mice. you can do it by giving them chemicals, that cause the formation of the alzheimer's
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protein in the brain. they made -- gave these mice alzheimer's disease. and then exposed them to an equivalent of the electromagnetic force that comes out of a telephone. for long periods of time. and what did they find? they found the protein an lloyd in the -- analloid in the brain was -- that causes alzheimer's was diminished in the mice and they had a better memory and behavior and improved tremend s tremendously, after being exposed to long conversation on the telephone. what is the bottom line? if you were worried about getting brain cancer from what i told you two weeks ago... you can now use your cell phone safely and realize that the
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electromagnetic forces froemem cell phone may prevent your alzheimer's, in other words, use it as much as you wanted. >> jamie: i'll call you later. eric? >> eric: we're awaiting president obama to speak, expect him to talk about haiti any moment now, he's attending church services in washington, d.c. before he heads up to massachusetts, for a campaign appearance, later on this afternoon. the president, united states, americans, and our wish to help haiti coming up, here on the fox news channel.
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>> jamie: forks -- "fox news
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alert," president obama is in the vermont avenue baptist church and as you can hear the mace under way, the service and the president will be speaking, we expect him to speak for approximately 20 minutes, this church has a tremendous history. it has been around for 140 years. and only have had 6 pastors in all that time and we'll stay tuned for all the festivities and eric, there are massive goings-on across our country. >> eric: not oenlt only our cou but haiti the collapsed cathedral a sunday mass this morning, the reverend eric toussaint in the most devastating scene, where there was a rotting body by the entrance, asked the congregation, this morning, why give thanks to god? because we are here. we say thank you, god, those, the words of renewal and faith and spirit, being said this morning. at sunday mass, at the cathedral, destroyed, in
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port-au-prince, and the president, when he speaks here, in washington... when he does. ♪ >> eric: back to sunday house call and we'll get back to the president when he speaks and the e-mail, viewers asking about those new airport screening devices, are they safe? for people with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators, what happens if you go through, doc. >> the president said to me he wouldn't begin speaking until after our program, so we don't have to worry. he likes to watch the program. there has been a tremendous preoccupation with these screeners. we have discussed it. and i told you, that they are not dangerous. the one that has radiation, very little radiation and the other electromagnetic forces which don't have radiation. but, then, people have written in and asked, what about if you
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have a defibrillator? or pacemaker? or can you go through these screening devices? now, i have to tell you the truth. the fact is that i don't know of any research that has been done to prove that they are safe. every electro physiologist, people who use and install pacemakers and defibrillators told me they do not belief there is any danger from the defibrillators, going through, if you have them. but i tell you what i tell my patients. i tell my patients who have fve defibrillators, ask to be patted down and i'm sure it is safe to go through the screeners but my advice is, you have the right to refuse to go through them and
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the right to ask to be patted down. play is completely safe. and be patted down, when you are being screened. >> jamie: thanks, you may recall there was a huge controversy recently when the government issued new guidelines for mammograms, remember we talked about that? now there are more recommendations from the american college of radiology, radiologists, of course the ones that perform these tests. doc there is a lot of information for women to keep up with and honestly, you hardly know what to do. mammogram, no mammogram, and when? >> i tell you, the report that you are referring to, suggests for years doctors have been telling women at the age of 40, start getting a routine mammogram. every couple of years. if you have a family history, of breast cancer, get it a little earlier in the 30s. then came this report that showed or claimed to say that
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there was research if you waited and started until 50 it made no difference and cost less, and i think this was a money-saving proposal myself. i wasn't happy with it and continue to tell my own patients, to have the mammogram, at the age of 40. now comes a report as you point out, jamie, from the radiologist and another group, saying listen, age 40, start having your mammograms every couple of years. earlier, if you have a family history. the fact is, since 1990, when we started screening at the sage of 40, the incidence of breast cancer has dropped by 30%. why fool around with that? it doesn't do you any harm to started it at 40 and don't wait to 50. that is my advice.
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>> jamie: early detection, thanks, doc. >> eric: dr. rosenfeld is here every sunday with his weekly monday tip and this week has advice for people considering a colonoscopy.
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>> eric: back now with sunday housecall and your host dr. isadore rosenfeld who every sunday at this time gives us his healthy monday tip, a tip to start the week off right. right, doc? >> i have a good one for you. you know everybody at the age of 50 should have colonoscopy and the frequency depends on what they find the first time.
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in the colonoscopy a tube is inserted in your bowel and they look to see if there are anily pollops to remove. it's not exactly what i call fun, although you're sedate and not uncomfortable if properly done. here is what i heard from a friend of mine that does many of them every week, if you drink two quarts of warm water, two hours before the colons so copy, it's easier for the doctor to do the colonoscopy. the bowel is relax and they have less trouble getting in and all the way up. you will feel less discomfort and you will have -- you will feel better after the colonoscopy. two quarts of warm water before the colonoscocolonoscopy. >> boiling or room temperature? >> warm.
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>> jamie: okay. >> it's so important to get one. >> very important. best screening for bo bowel cancer. >> jamie: doc, you know what is best for mood and a great gift. we talked about the germs on the salt and pepper shaker. bring a copy of the doc's book next time you are invited to someone's house. "doctor of the heart." it's doing well. you wrote it if your family initially to know some of the great stories about your patients and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. it's really taking off, the reviews on amazon.com where you can buy it. and elsewhere just been that this is a must read for doctors and patients alike and people who love you like we do. here is the eight-hundred number as well if you want to order it like that, you can. congratulations. >> good to see you as always. thank you for your advice. >> jamie: it's what everyone
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hoped to hear, amazing stories of survival, five days after the devastating earthquake in haiti. good morning, everyone. i'm jamie colby. >> eric: i'm eric shawn. welcome to a brand new hour of america's news headquarters. there are words of inspiration and renewal in haiti this morning. sunday mass was held amid the ruins of the port-au-prince cathedral. the reverend eric jassant telling the faithful, why give thanks to god? because we're here. we have say thank you, god. we're in god's hands now. that faith endures amid the devastation, and lives continue to be saved. this morning, the new york police and fire department search teams recovered this 34-year-old woman who was trapped for days under the rubble of the shopping mall since the earthquake hit on tuesday. we're learning she does have children in florida. and as you can see, she is conscious and she was talking to the rescue workers and teams pulled out at least three other people from the same site, including a 7-year-old girl. the rescues encouraging
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inspiration amid the devastation and tragedy. >> jamie: it's tough not to get emotional seeing the pictures, that video and steve harrigan has been on the ground from the beginning, streaming live now from port-au-prince with the latest. steve, i know this is a tough assignment. but sometimes you get a rescue like that and it must be heartening to see. >> reporter: it certainly is very encouraging to see that. also the rescue workers. the efforts that they're making. we've had a number of tremors over the past 24 hours and times the men from all around the world are going into destroyed or semi-destroyed structures on hillsides while the earth is shaking. they're taking tremendous risks trying to save people at this late date. let me give you a look here about the thing we're seeing over and over again, almost every house, every building and every block in port-au-prince. this is what we're seeing. this was the third floor, this is the second floor and the first floor i'm standing
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in. you can see really two giant slabs of concrete. this is the pattern that we're seeing in almost every building. smushed down on each other and pancaking. when the earthquake hit, obviously the side supports have gone. now an architect can tell you much more about this. but just for the laymen, it look like this is probably the worst case scenario for construction in an earthquake region. it becomes like a fast-moving vice, a death trap. this literally is a death trap. still today, there are two dead bodies right in the corner. there is a nothing who is still alive who hides in the corner. but really, they've become death traps for people around. and because of the tremors that i mentioned earlier, even if your building is not as bad off as this one behind me, you are afraid to go in. we felt the earth shake about five times yesterday. once at 3:00 in the morving, heavy enough to wake you up. when that happens, you run out in the open air. almost every spot in the open air in port-au-prince is occupied by families. it's really understandable why they're afraid to go back
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in their house, even if there is some shelter there. we have seen people in parking lot, some with tents, and some with tarps and some with nothing. some positive steps we're seeing overhead and the aid convoy throughout the street. one of the most encouraging thing for a lot of people has been the haitian radio is back on the air. at least two stations are back up and running. whoever has a portable radio, because most places don't have electricity, blares them. it's a comfort for people who have been alone, especially in the dark couple of days to hear the outside world's interest in them, the outside world talking about them and their own leaders, too speaking out. so i think that is a real comfort that some form of communication backup and running here -- back up and running in port-au-prince. back to you. >> jamie: great work. we'll check back with you. thanks. >> eric: secretary of state hillary clinton is back in washington now, after her visit to haiti. she flew there on airport
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transport plane bringing supplies to workers at the united states embassy. she met with president preval and other officials to discuss relief efforts for victims of the quake. while there, she talked with our greta van susteren about what the u.s. will do to help haiti. the key is coordinating it and to make sure that we're each doing what we can do best. there is isn't anybody who could have got the airport up and running besides the united states military in the time we did it. we will look at the port to make sure we can take whatever information and expertise we have to get the port up and going. the teams that are here, there are 30 search and rescue teams. six of those are americans and the others are from all over the world. everybody has been saving lives. it's heart warming. >> eric: more aid and supplies are getting to the people in haiti, they say.
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the health program saying they have roughly 40,000 meals ready to eat and the u.n. says there are 600,000 daily rations now on the ground. 600,000. well you know there are 3.5 million people in the haitian capital of port-au-prince. it sounds like a drop in the bucket as more supplies start getting in the hands of the haitians. those there say it's not enough. orlan orlando sasalinas are live. we know supplies are at the airport, but how are they getting to the people and what happened overnight? >> reporter: let me tell you this much. i can definitely speak to you about supplies, and these supplies are slowly going to make it out to the people. overnight, let me tell you, eric, i spoke with a u.s. police officer trained in the u.s. who was born here in haiti. he tells me already he's been out there and last night he said the roving gangs of young men have been out in
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pick-up trucks and have been crawling on their hands and knees and getting inside in the homes that are demolished pulling out things from people who have very little to begin with. he also told me he saw with his own eyes a group of young men who murdered another haitian and took his things. the thing that bothered him the most, he wanted to go help but he was outman and he told me that there are no haitian police on the streets. i can tell you that for myself. i've been out on my own. you have don't see any cops anywhere. there is no presence of any kind. i didn't see any u.n. troops, period. no military troops, period. no police, period. eric? >> eric: thank you, orlando salinas live at the airport. you talked about the situation with the looter -- >> i can also tell you this much. we're talking about supplies. >> eric: we have a bit of a delay, so we'll thank orlando
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now. let me continue and talk about the looter. a guy was a looter. he was caught by the police and some people and they dragged him away from the police and then they started to beat the looter. that's the report. then when he was down, someone threw trash on his body and burned it. certainly, that is the security challenge in haiti. i rode with the peacekeepers a few years ago and stayed at the montana hotel. at that time, peacekeepers were being shot to death by haitian gangs. that was before the earthquake. clearcall cal clearly, part of the security challenge we face as 10,000 u.s. troops are expected to arrive there and offshore by tomorrow certainly, no time too soon. jamie? >> jamie: well, president obama and the first lady michelle obama, they had a birthday celebration last night for michelle obama's birthday. now they're in church. that's happening this morning. it's happening right now. the president plans to speak to the congregation about helping the people of haiti. his predecessors in the oval office, well, they're also working together to help the devastated country.
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the clintonbushhaiti.org, a new effort to help, a website set up. president obama meeting with the two former presidents at the white house yesterday. mike emanuel is live there now. mike, good to see you. three presidents together is a pretty powerful message, plus the president will speak today at church. what do we expect to hear? do we know how the efforts are going? >> the efforts are starting up between the clinton bush haiti fund, which has a website if people are interested in contributing. the former presidents are saying if you give money through their efforts they will obviously make sure the money gets where it needs to go. president obama is in the church in washington, d.c. that dates back to 1866. we expect to get an inspirational message from the president of the united states and we expect he will lay out and reiterate his commitment to the people of haiti, because this will be a
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long-term rebuilding effort and so p we are waiting for the president of the united states to hear his thoughts today on this sunday after such a tremendous tragedy. when, of course, many people do turn to their faith, jamie. >> jamie: let me ask you also, as the president is in church today, and he will be speaking to the people, do you get a sense of what the other president, the former presidents will be doing for the situation in haiti? will they travel there? will president obama travel there? what do we know? >> well, that question did come up in the interviews that the former presidents did today for the sunday talk shows and president bush made it pretty clear he was not intending to go anytime soon. he feels like there will be opportunities to go down the road. but he did not want to go and perhaps risk getting in the way of any type of recovery effort in terms of being a distraction to what is going on, on the ground. president clinton said he may go in the not too distant future because he has a u.n.
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role he does with the haiti relief and said he would go out of his way to make sure he did not get in the way of what is going on, on the ground. interesting moment talking to them about the role that people of faith will play in the recovery effort. take a listen. >> the ultimate recovery of haiti will be aided by the faith-based community. not going to be only the faith-based community. it will be helped by the faith-based community. >> i want to echo that. haiti has 10,000 non-governmental organizations active there. that's per capita, largest number in the world except for india. an enormous number of them are american faith-based groups. >> so, the anticipation is that faith-based groups will play a role, not only in the short-term but in the long-term because as we've seen from the devastation on the ground there in haiti that rebuilding and recovery in haiti will be a very long-term process. jamie? >> jamie: and the rest of the president's day quickly, he'll be campaigning too? >> that's right. he is going to hit the road
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and head up to massachusetts to try to see if the democrats can pull out that senate seat that was formally held by teddy kennedy. a close race and so the president will do a little campaigning as well. >> mike emanuel. thank you so much, mike. >> sure. >> eric: this afternoon, the president will hit the campaign trail. in massachusetts, for that high-stakes senate race. in the bluest of blue states. the president is hoping to give an 11th hour boost to democrat martha coakley. she's locked in a tight battle with the republican scott brown for the late senator edward kennedy seat who held the seat for 46 years. the race now coming down to taxes and healthcare, and the outcome could change the balance of power in washington. for a fair and balanced debate, let's go to gary andres, former aanalysis fant for legislative affairs for president george h.w. bush and julia epstein is campaign consultant. welcome to the fox news channel. >> good morning. >> thank you for having me. >> eric: gary, let me start with you. it's unbelievable.
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46 years a democratic seat and now scott brown is ahead in some polls. if he wins on tuesday, is that repudiation of president obama? >> well, i think, eric, there is a number of things going on here. but number one, it's not unprecedented for massachusetts voters to elect republicans statewide. they've done that in the past with governor weld and governor saluchi and even mitt romney. the difference here is we're talking about a u.s. senate seat. i think that the reason that we're seeing the big shift in voter sentiment up there is because they believe that things have kind of gotten out of whack in washington. i think they believe that maybe electing a republican will reintroduce some checks and balances that are much needed in the system. >> your sense is the there is something wrong in washington whether it's the president or even capitol hill.
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>> that's right. when we see the shifts in states like massachusetts, it's usually to provide some kind of balance. i think what we hear voters saying at least based on the polls that i've seen that they believe the sum of the parts in washington, the kind of combination of barack obama, nancy pelosi, and harry reid have gotten things seriously out of whack. and we need to have balance. >> julian, do you buy that? recently, coakley was leading by 30 points. now some polls have brown beating her. >> from a democratic point of view, there is no question. this is happening and what is happening is we're using in anti-incumbency year. that shouldn't a surprise when we look at unemployment increasing by 40%.
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we're losing 750,000 jobs a month. we're now probably in a situation where we may create jobs. so i think the democrats saved a terrible economy and turned it around. >> eric: but employment at 10%, unemployment is 10% -- sorry to interrupt -- and the stimulus plan they said wouldn't get above 8%. is that what we are seeing in massachusetts? astounding polls up there. >> i think the point is, at least from an economic perspective is the trends. we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. we've totally turned it around. i don't think it's enough for democrats to say, you know, you elected us and it's better than if you elected, if the republicans were in charge. things would be much -- even worse if republicans wor in charge. that's not a good campaign strategy for democrats. >> eric: let me interrupt you. we have just a minute left because of all the haitian news. bottom line, what does it mean if coakley loses and brown wins? >> well, bottom line is that it is bad for democrats and a
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wake-up call. the democrats have to -- >> obama will do what clinton did, move to the political center and send the message he gets the point about the lowering, the importance of keeping taxes low. keeping spending in check and not letting the deficit get out of hands. these are the issues that independents may worry about. >> eric: gary, let me give you the reverse point of view. what if coakley does pull it out and she wins, can the democrats say we're on track? >> i don't believe so, eric. the message is simple. we don't live in a parliamentary democracy. people don't believe because one party controls the senate and the white house, they can ram through anything they want. this is a message about healthcare as well as other issues. and i think they want the democrats to kind of take a step back, and listen to what independent voters are saying.
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>> eric: all right, gary and julian, everyone will be watching what is happening in massachusetts. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you having me. >> thank you for having us. >> eric: coming up in 20 minutes from now we will talk in-depth to drew williams at the boston globe and have the latest developments on the closely watch race. less than 48 hours to go before the voters head to the polls. will they send america a message? what will happen to healthcare? all that, they say, is on the line. >> jamie: plus, our coverage continues non-stop on the unfolding developments in haiti. we are live on the ground. many of our teams are there. keep it on fox for the latest. here, we're going to talk to engineers about what it will take to rebuild haiti. it was already fragile. now so many structures destroyed. and very little infrastructure to begin with. why some say it may take an entirely new approach. stay with us. ♪ we created our college of business and management...
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>> jamie: well, certainly, it will be a very long and complicated process and i was mentioning that the effort to rebuild haiti may require an entirely new approach. as you see this video, you can tell how many structures were destroyed. scientists say the country has to brace itself for more earthquakes, too, and we're hearing from steve harrigan the tremors continue. that means that the engineers are working out how to make sure that new buildings will withstand future tremors. is it possible? john hooper is stuckchural engineer, director of earthquake engineering of magnison clementson associates. great to have some kun someone your expertise on. thank you for joining us.
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>> good to be here. >> jamie: he talked about money but how much knowledge does it take for engineering to clear the rubble and rebuild the structures that might be capable, better of withstanding what happened in haiti? >> we have the technology to do clearing and making that happen. we have been successful in creating earthquake resistant community throughout the other high risk countries and regions throughout the world. not only near the u.s., but also japan, taiwan and china. we have the capability, but it takes time and resiliency to make it happen. >> resilience is so key in any disaster like this. it's a word i keep coming back to. and the people there seem to have it. we know one of the ports, the only port was very much in despair and that makes it difficult to get that heavy equipment in, not only now to clear but then to build. how were the structures built? a lot of concrete -- i saw rebar also. were they built to withstand
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an earthquake close to a 7.0, or can nothing withstand that? >> these buildings clearly were not capable of withstanding the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. while you did see reinforcing steel in the concrete, not enough, the kind we would require in the united states in high seismic regions. they are capable of withstanding seismic activity heren that, but you have to have information and resource and technology to construct the right structure. it can be done but it takes time, a lot of energy and unfortunately a lot of money. >> jamie: how long does it take to come up with a plan? i assume you have to prioritize the schools and hospitals and government buildings. would they be at the top of the list? >> southecertainly, those builds
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needed for day-to-day operation of a country are vital and they'd be on the top of the list. followed by housing because people need a place to live as the long term effort goes on. so a plan can be done. it will take months and months to get a good plan. it those be in a collective fashion, because you want to coordinate from top to bottom. you have don't want to have the ad hoc construction going on and that it's efficient and does the best job for haiti. >> jamie: how many people have expertise to get it done in the world? >> there is hundreds and hundreds of people that are planning communities around the world. haiti is a resilient country and people. but it will take time to make it happen for them. >> jamie: when you look at the video, the pictures that come in from haiti and you see the structure destroyed, i'm sure you look at the
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video differently than a layperson. like myself would in terms of structural design. do you think we will find survivors? are there gaps in the building where people can survive, particularly in the heat they are experiencing? >> there will be survivors as the days go on, but less and less. there is seven, eight, nine days that is difficult without food and water within the rubble. >> jamie: that is the medical side of it. >> the medical side of it. and so, it's a matter of just getting there as quickly as possible. that's the number one thing engineers think about, not the reconstruction but recovery and finding of the people within the rubble. >> i bet there are a lot of people that want to participate in that process but it's a little tricky when off government who not only suffered, we know a lot of the government building and they even lost some of their leaders in this disaster.
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so the question is where does it start, the rebuilding effort? haiti has to want it to happen. we need an organization outside of haiti to coordinate and come together as a group. whether it's the united nations or some other effort to make sure it's fully coordinated with the appropriate balance an thoughts of the haiti people in mind. >> jamie: john hooper, resilience will be key on everybody's part. thank you so much for being with us. >> my pleasure. thank you for having me. >> jamie: nice to meet you. >> eric: president obama heads to boston this afternoon, hoping to give the democrat the push she needs to win on tuesday. it's the senate race the whole country is watching and talking about. will the republican pull it off? we'll have a live report coming up. plus, the relief effort in haiti is picking up speed, but is it enough right now? survivors still being rescued from the rubble. reports say a mob of citizens
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>> eric: there are signs of new hope in earthquake-ravaged haiti amid the heartbreak. sunday mass was held amid it is ruins in port-au-prince. the reverend telling the faithful, why give thanks to god? because we are here. meanwhile, the u.s. military and civilian workers starting to deliver the desperately needed food, water, medical supplies as the search teams continue to rescue the quake victims. even this morning. still, the death toll mounts and sanitary conditions deteriorate, sparking worries about the possible outbreaks of disease. let's go live to orlando salinas who is streaming live from the port-au-prince airport with more.
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orlando? >> reporter: eric, initially truthfully, these teams that are here, the rescue teams are going out to try to find more victims. but once they find the victims, once they get out to the locations they have to, they're obvious to where people need food and water. if we could show the folks at it home what we are talking about, there are so many palettes and supplies and i asked the military how will the food and water make it to people in port-au-prince and i was told, "i'm not trying to pass the buck, but our job is to get the suppli supplies i haiti. as far as the plan to distribute the supplies, we're ready to to help but that is the state department's call and the state department has assigned the task to u.s. aid." i asked the officer what are u.s. aid's plans? and he told me he has no idea. that is the frustrating part here. the u.s. military is doing a d dadgum good job getting t getti
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here, but the problem is to drop it off around points in port-au-prince. haiti, i will step back in the shot. and what i have been told this morning by a u.s. officer who knows the area, there is a mass exodus taking place of thousands of haitians that are leaving port-au-prince by food, carrying their luggage and moving in the country side. the downside is they are going to little communities, that were not hit by the earthquake, but they have no supplies. the people are making the exodus out. and then making a way into the small communities and sitting there and waiting. now the military has to expand the horizon and find a way now to not only deal with the specific area of port-au-prince. they will also have to move really several miles further in the country and start dropping supplies out there.
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i was told by u.s. police officer that there is a problem right now in the streets. there are several organizations that told us that their drivers they hired to bring them here and give them a little security, the drivers have told them they'll be leaving the city of port-au-prince. they don't believe it's safe. they've decided to take the cars, and the taxis and drive out of the area because they say it's a matter of time. the military tells me, though, this: they're working hard and seeing success and they've made droppoffs but also i'm told that some of the point of distribution, p.o.d.s, the pods, where they did distribute food and water, it was a madhouse. a bum rush. they didn't have enough security and got things on the ground. almost as soon as they dropped it on the ground, looters came. large groups of young people, young men. they took a lot of those supplies and we're told that
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is ending now. up on the black market and being sold. so the military understands it has a job to do. it's not running from the job, eric. it will find a way to make it happen. back to you. >> eric: orlando, we have the report that a looter was actually killed by the mob. that is the message potentially. we expect the troops to be there and offshore by tomorrow, which everyone thinks could help the security situation. orlando salinas, live at the port-au-prince airport. thank you for the great work. jamie? >> jamie: could massachusetts voters elect a republican to the senate seat held by the late ted kennedy? polls show democratic state attorney general coakley is losing her early lead. if republican state senator scott brown wins, the democrats could lution and would the 60-vote supermajority in the senate. so president obama is flying in to campaign for coakley after he attends the church service that we've shown you.
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molly line is live in boston. give us the details of the president's visit. what exactly are the democrats there expecting? >> the democrats are hoping that the presidents will energize the base. he won by a wide margin in the 2008 election. they hope the popularity will carry over to the coakley campaign which struggled in recent days. she has been criticized for not campaigning and doing eretail politics early on and not putting advertising on the airways when her republican challenger was doing so. the rally at northeastern university. the president did well with the youth vote. that is playing to his strength. coakley today, though, hitting the campaign trail very, very early. she was out at 6:45 this morning attending a prayer service for the victims of the earthquake in haiti. so she is certainly putting a lot of effort in the final days. jamie? >> jamie: tell me what the gop is doing today. who is showing up. where is he? how many of the voters do you think are following the election there? will they show up? >> yeah, state senator scott brown is on a three-day bus
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tour. he launched it yesterday. today he is taking the bus around central massachusetts. he hit worcester this afternoon, the state's second largest city. he has seen big crowds at the rallies. the republicans have been marginalized in the state over the years and had a tough time winning election, particularly, senate elections. republican hasn't been elected since 1972. this energized the republican vote. scott brown spent time talking to voters one-on-one trying hard to appeal to the independent voters who are expected to show up according to the latest polls. so he may have a slight advantage there. it will all come out to who energizes the base the most. which way the independent voters go on tuesday. jamie? >> molly, we mentioned the reason the election could be so important not just to people in that state, but elsewhere around the country is healthcare. thank you so much. molly line live for us in massachusetts. >> eric: well, barney frank the massachusetts congressman says if brown wins it will kill healthcare. clearly the next 48 hours are critical in the race, as both
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candidates try to scramble to win over the on-defense voters. joining us now is joe williams from the boston globe. joe, welcome. i think everyone must wonder why isn't coakley doing better? >> well, good morning. one of the reasons she's not doing better is what the correspondent alluded to. she has not done a lot of pressing of the flesh. ted kennedy was famous for it and he was a politician that had charisma with the legacy and experience of having to do this sort of work to get in the campaign. and martha coakley is well known in massachusetts. she's an experienced politician. but she has not had to run a race with this kind of significance and this kind of weight in it, in a long time. she has not been typically at the top of the ticket. the criticisms are somewhat valid, she has run a lackluster campaign and she lacks the excitement that a ted kennedy would bring and that scott brown has to get his credit because she's run smart and run as an
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intelligent candidate with the common sense sound sounding solutions for the state and the voters are responding to that. not only the republican voters but the independents who are fatigued and angry about where the country is headed. the democrats are not at least making their voices heard because they are fatigued from the 2008 election. >> eric: you know, what is also interesting the critics of coakley talked about her gaffes, saying that the terrorists left al-qaeda; meaning, al-qaeda. curt schilling, the boston red sox pitcher icon, she on the radio called him a yankees fan. that's retail politics. >> absolutely. that is the sort of cringe-inducing mistakes that led a lot of people in her party to criticize what were you thinking, why weren't you more prepared and why have you not capitalized on that huge lead you had coming out of the special election? and there is also another point. that is t that way she was selected as the candidate and way the democrats have sort
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of put in an interim paul kirk to hold the seat for ted kennedy, specifically, for healthcare. that also raised eyebrows among common voters who wondered well, is the massachusetts state legislature and the governor, are they plague politics after first denying that same right to mitt romney and reversing themselves when they have a democrat in office and are facing an open seat that could be very, very vulnerable? people are scratching their heads about how the democrats played this, but also brown has been able to capitalize on a lot of frustration and uncertainties that people have with the healthcare program. >> eric: yeah, well, she was leading by 30 points and now some polls show brown ahead by several points of the getting down to the wire. troy williams with the boston globe who has been covering the race. thank you for joining us from washington. >> you're welcome. thank you. >> eric: jamie? >> jamie: in haiti, there are mounting concerns over security now. survivors are growing more desperate as aid distribution hits roadblock after roadblock. straight ahead, we are going to ask the military analyst about what needs to be done
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>> jamie: as the situation on the ground in haiti grows more desperate by the hour for the earthquake victims, security corn cert concerns are mounting. aid distribution is becoming extremely difficult. the united states is dealing with a lack of trucks and fuel and roads are still blocked by debris. you're seeing video and here you go. people fighting over food, water and other supplies and adding to the chaos, thousands of prisoners there reportedly on the loose, because the country's largest prison collapsed in the quake. and they escaped. joining me now fox news military analyst, retired air force lieutenant general tom mcanarney. thank you for being with me this morning. >> thank you for having me,
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jamie. >> jamie: it starts with the military on the ground and we know they are in significant numbers. at first, distribution of aid and search and rescue. but then it turns to security. what are the rules when things turns lawless? >> well, they have certain rules of engagement which are classified but clearly those to protect themselves and to protect the assets that they are protecting. but that's the last resort. i think just their presence has a calming effect. you saw the chaos in the previous segment and the cut there. that is one of the dangers but the greatest problem is get asset, supplies through this port-au-prince airport which is a tiny little airport. and so, it's not yet fully 24 hours operational. you have competing assets to come in and land and get the military forces in,
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expeditionary if you will to stabilize it, get the airport set up. the port was damaged so severely, the carrier carl vinson is offshore. it's providing access to 25 helicopters. but right now trying to supply 10 million people on the island is an extremely challenging problproblem. for the media criticizing it they don't understand the magnitude of it. the military is trying to start from scratch. very challenging. >> jamie: let he's say it's no small effort that the u.s. naval ship comfort is going to reach haiti shortly and they can do incredible things in terms of medical care and assistance. with the prison collapsing, this happened instantly after the earthquake. so many of the worst of the worst were on the run, out and about.
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how do you get control of the prisoners? would you see perhaps the military having to set up a prison of some type capture them and guard them until the government can really get resituated? >> we'd rather that do that. the u.n. is in disarray because a lot of leadership was killed but we'd rather not do that. we may be forced to do it, because we may bring in more ground forces. we have 1,000 troops on the ground according to the lieutenant general ken keen today. eviden we have about 9,000 in the area. 5,000 are on the carl vinson. other supporting ships like when the comfort gets there. if we get in the mundane effort, that's not the best way to use our forces. i don't think we will. i think the u.n. forces to get in there, the u.n. with
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the south american countries can be supportive. they have a nume leous there. we've used them for years. lieutenant general ken keen is talking about that. we want to protect our logistic centers and the pods as we were talking about where we distribute the supplies to get them. we want to protect those places so the thugs can't come in and take it from the eld elderly people or young people with weapons and sell it on the black market. that's where we want to try to work if we can. >> jamie: interesting, lieutenant general. thank you so much. >> thank you, jamie. >> eric: part of the enormous crushing heartbreak of what is happening in haiti. you are looking at it, at the moment. these are 100 toddlers and 26 babies at an orphanage in port-au-prince.
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we're told some of them have been left alone. they have no formula. there has been a scarcity of water. they've been given milk as opposed to formula, which is not good for them. of course, there is the worry and concern by adoptive parents across the country. these were the toddlers and children waiting to be adopted by the american parents. an e-mail from an orphanage saying we have no water. they are trying to get information and supplies to the orphanage in haiti, just an indication of the problems. we'll be right back with more details.
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>> eric: sunday mass was held in port-au-prince and across this country there are prayers for the people of haiti at this moment. you're looking at the church, the vermont avenue baptist
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church in washington, d.c., where they have been offering the prayers this morning. as you can see on the lower left, being introduced in a moment, the president of the united states and his family are there. let's listen. >> just a little more than a year ago when you were elected as our president. [ applause ] and then, mr. president, we were never more proud, many of us on last january 20 stood out -- by the way, i didn't get in. i'm still a little bit mad. stood out without tickets for the inauguration. we were never more proud than to have you inaugurated as our president of the united states. [ applause ]
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and then lastly, mr. president, as you have governed and managed this nation, we are never anymore proud than when we see what you are doing for all of us. and i'm not sure about the political correctness of this next statement, but it took them about eight years to mess it all up. i can't see why they don't have a little bit of patience while you fixing it up. [ applause ] and mr. president, here at vermont avenue church, we have a little statement, a saying. we practice our religion where the rubber hits the road. some people have a lofty religion, you know -- you know. you know those folks that put
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the -- yeah. but we here at vermont avenue, we figure that we practice our religion where the rubber hits the road. and indeed we do pray for one another and we pray fervently for one another but we make sure that we put feet to our faith and that we not only just pray for one another, but we do something to impact the lives of each other. and we have a little. stay around here that when somebody needs a little help and somebody wants to know that somebody has their support and their backing, we semi simply say we got your back. mr. president, on behalf of the vermont avenue baptist church, the officers and the members, we got your back. [ applause ]
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after our mass choir shall lift us with the musical offering, may i present to you, your president of these united states of america. i am peacock proud and tickled pink to present after this selection, the president of the united states. mr. barack obama. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ >> eric: the president has been at the church and will speak in a moment joining the reverend in his remarks the
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there. a proud moment for the congregation. haiti and the tragedy there on their mind. we'll have more in a moment as we await the president's remarks. we'll be right back. hi, folks. how are you doing?
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>> eric: president obama about to speak at vermont avenue church in washington, d.c. we're awaiting for the remarks that should happen me mentaryly after the hymn -- momentarily that will be sung after the hymn being sung now. ban ki-moon will arrive in the hour or less and the u.n. says they have 40,000 meals on the ground there. and 600,000 daily meals that they could feed up to a million people in the next two weeks. that is still two weeks. there are reports that at least one looter was killed by a mob to stop the looting amid concerns over security
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and potential spread of diseases. mass was held this morning in port-au-prince. the reverend saying why give thanks to god? because we are here. >> jamie: hooker l :h herculean going on and masses today as we pray for the victims. if you were tuning in and want the see liz trotta, you will. she will be back with us next sunday as she always is, as we await the president speaking to the worshippers there and our country as well as the people in haiti, who have access to this. to hear any encouraging words, any efforts that come their way. they need it, eric. >> eric: a day of hope and prayer to all of us as the heart goes out to people of haiti. i'm eric shawn. >> i'm jamie colby. we send you straight to

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